Elaine Stratton Hild, "Historical Uses of Palliative Music: Recovering Melodic Material from European Rites for the Sick and Dying"

Power Of Sound Header

Elaine Stratton Hild

Elaine Stratton Hild, an editor with Corpus monodicum, presents on her research project, "Historical Uses of Palliative Music: Recovering Melodic Material from European Rites for the Sick and Dying," to an interdisciplinary group of scholars, artists, and scientists comprised of fellows, guest faculty and students. Corpus monodicum, a long-term research project dedicated to producing scholarly editions of significant, previously unpublished repertories of medieval plainchant, is sponsored by the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz, and housed at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (Germany), where Dr. Stratton Hild has also served as an instructor of historical musicology and ethnomusicology. Her research has focused on the notation of medieval chant (particularly in pedagogical collections of poetry) and the possibilities and limitations of scholarly interpretations and reconstructions, including transcriptions into contemporary notation and digital editions.

Dr. Stratton Hild recently published Tropen zu den Antiphonen der Messe aus Quellen französischer Herkunft (2017), which presents proper trope repertories for the liturgy of the Mass, as they appear in twelfth- to fourteenth-century manuscripts from northern France. She is currently preparing a volume of “liturgical dramas”: the representational rites and religious plays sung on Christmas, Epiphany, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. Her editorial responsibilities have also included the collaborative development (with Notengrafik Berlin) of an MEI-based, music notation software program designed specifically for monophonic chant.

Dr. Stratton Hild’s scholarship has been supported by grants from the Fulbright Foundation and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD).